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The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ‘s Speech

The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ‘s Speech in Hyderabad

Why is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation.

We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters. I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The
gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the
newspaper, buried among other news.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.

Why are we so NEGATIVE?

Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign T. Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?

I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is.

She replied: I want to live in a developed India . For her, you and I will have to build this developed India . You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.

Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance.
Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours.
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don’t work, the railways are a joke,

The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?


Take a person on his way to Singapore .. Give him a name – YOURS. Give him a face – YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don’t throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are. You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or
a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity… In Singapore you don’t say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn’t dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai .. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah . YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange
in London at 10 pounds ( Rs.650) a month to, ‘see to it that my STD and ISD
calls are billed to someone else.’YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph
(88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop,’Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so’s son.
Take your two bucks and get lost.’ YOU wouldn’t chuck an empty coconut shell
anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New
Zealand .
Why don’t YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don’t YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ??? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India?
Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay, Mr. Tinaikar , had a point to make. ‘Rich people’s dogs are walked on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,’ he said. ‘And
then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure
in his bowels?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job.
Same in Japan .. Will the Indian citizen do that here?’ He’s right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do
everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity. This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to
the public. When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? ‘It’s the
whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons’ rights to a dowry.’ So who’s going to change the system? What does a system consist of ? Very conveniently for us it consists of our
neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with
our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England .. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.

Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one’s conscience too…. I am echoing J. F. Kennedy ‘s words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians…..

‘ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA
AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY’

Lets do what India needs from us.
Thank you,

Dr. Abdul Kalaam

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  1. Raj
    October 13, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    We all know the Chinese proverb “give a man a fish and you’ve fed him for a day….and teach a man to fish and you’ve fed him for life….”

    Now, I add another one (rhyme)in the same lines “give a child good (if not of great quality)education and you’ve fed him/her for life….and this comes as a package “shelter, friends, entertainment and much much more…..”.

    I guess I need not go further in explaining the problems that India is facing at the moment.

    Simply put and to conclude “INDIA is a mis-used democracy”….

    Instead of politicians and leaders flying abroad….”how about making children fly”….and come back with lessons ?. So that they teach leaders and politicians what to do ?

    Nike Shoe company’s advertisement reads “just do it”….I say “just do it and teach others how to do it”.

    Good luck India and China,

    Raj
    Canada

  2. March 19, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    1. We all love our country but in which sense, once i went to DELHI in ‘ WORLD BOOK FAIR ‘THERE I MET TO A PERSON from MEXICO he asked me ,Why many persons are spitting on walls, abusing …………….. and some other facts also . Do they not love their COUNTRY ?
    and i was anserless….
    IS THIS LOVE TO OUR COUNTRY ?………..
    search the anser my friends if is possible to U…………

  3. March 19, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    1. We all love our country but in which sense, once i went to DELHI in ‘ WORLD BOOK FAIR ‘THERE I MET TO A PERSON from MEXICO he asked me ,Why many persons are spitting on walls, abusing …………….. and some other facts also . Do they not love their COUNTRY ?
    and i was anserless….
    IS THIS LOVE TO OUR COUNTRY ?………..
    search the anser my friends if is possible to U…………
    Many times when i think on this ideology of a BHARTIYA or INDIAN ,there are sometimes tears in eyes as we claim to all but are not ready to take initiatives. If i would not change myself then the world can not change………….
    So i m quite agree with the words of our respected Ex.PRESIDENT Dr.A.P.J.ABDUL KALAM SIR.
    JIA HIND

  4. January 20, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Hi

  5. suchitra
    May 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    its a definatetly true speech frm dr.of science ,if we all follow thierlines thn our india became grade1 amongst all othr countries. ,all people have same mind bt some utilise n sm nt, if all indians do work for thr nation instead of going abroad ,thn our country also become like US,London,japan etc.

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